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WJS Approach to The Curriculum

Willesborough Junior School offers its pupils a broad and relevant curriculum.  The school follows the requirements set out in the National Curriculum for England (2014).  As far as possible, the content within this is taught through a number of well-planned themes in which teachers link aspects of the curriculum together in a meaningful way.  We believe that rather than learning knowledge in small compartments, children see the world a as a whole.  A thematic approach to curriculum design provides this more holistic learning experience for children.  Themes are usually led by a main subject focus.  For example, a theme entitled 'Around the World in Eighty Days' has a geography focus and so will contain a greater proportion of learning in geography, whilst a theme entitled 'Lights, Camera, Action' is led by science.  Over the academic year the skills and knowledge of all subjects will be addressed in each year group.  The themes also teach aspects of reading and writing, art, design and technology as well as computing.


In some subjects, the learning tends to take place outside of the thematic approach.  Mathematics is generally taught independently as are subjects such as PE, PSHE and RE, although where possible, some of the learning in these subjects is applied within the themes when appropriate.


Information about the themes being covered in each class is provided to parents throughout the year under the Class Pages tab of this website.


The required content within the latest National Curriculum (set out in English, mathematics, science, art & design, computing, design & technology, geography, history, languages, music and physical education) is mapped out within our long-term framework, demarcated into year groups.  Information on this can be found on the Curriculum page.


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